Medical Mission Sisters believe that justice is integral to healing. This leads us to look at the world from the perspective of those made poor and from the viewpoint of what is of benefit to them, making choices accordingly. We continue to strive with others of like mind – from the grassroots level to policy-making bodies in local, national and international arenas – to work for justice and the experience of human dignity for all.
Protecting rights for women and empowering them to know their worth are goals of our North American Peace and Justice Office, directed by Sister Sue Sopczynski (right). At the 2016 Democratic National Convention, several of our Sisters participated in efforts to raise awareness of human trafficking.
Long known for helping Ethiopians to better health through provision of safe, clean water, our Sister Elaine Kohls shares the joy of a priest, deacon and woman monk at the blessing of an older water site now being used for irrigation. There are more than 140 tube wells around this area which started as hand-dug wells under the leadership of Sister Elaine.
Our Sisters also continue to work toward the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030:
*End poverty in all its forms everywhere
*End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
*Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
*Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning
*Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
*Ensure access to water and sanitation for all
*Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
*Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
*Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
*Reduce inequality within and among countries
*Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
*Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
*Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
*Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources
*Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss
*Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies
*Revitalize global partnerships for sustainable development